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Grand Theft Auto has been throwing out new details like it was going out of style recently. And it’s still got more to share, as the online portion of the game revealed some interesting tidbits this week.

The October issue of Game Informer via VG247 had a big preview of what players can expect when the game arrives next week. Of course that online section will only be up and running in October. According to Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies, GTA Online will be a world that “consists of everything we’ve done or are going to do then let the player freely move between them.”

“We’ve always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players,” Benzies said of the online concept.

We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over. I think we’ve managed to achieve something very close to our dream.

Here’s a full list of features, from CVG:

    • Character progression has a “flow” but there isn’t an “overarching narrative that culminates in a definitive conclusion”
    • The aim of GTA Online is to do whatever it takes to get more money in the bank and accrue assets such as cars and real estate
    • Characters appear in cutscenes when interacting with other characters in the world as they would in the single-player but doesn’t speak
    • Female characters can be used in GTA Online
    • Almost all activities from the campaign are available in GTA online: “heists, missions, robberies, assaulting gang hideouts, hijacking armored vehicles, races” as well as “tennis, golf and base jumping”
    • According to Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies threre’s over 500 missions. Some can be completed solo, but others are complicated and require a team.
    • GTA Online takes place after the main story, familiar faces will make appearances
    • By currying favour of characters you can be introduced to more people and delve deeper into the criminal world
    • Franklin’s friend Lamar may introduce you to a car dealer named Simeon Yetarian, who wants you to steal cars for him
    • Biker gangs my support you during missions if you’re friendly with them
    • A tech-savvy character you’ve befriended may hide you on the radar during multiplayer
    • Security firms that have taken a liking to you may be used to deliver airstrikes
    • Rockstar uses a “dynamic” system to populate GTA Online, starting with your friends and crew members, then similarly skilled players in the same part of the world.
    • GTA Online has been created to be “as customisable as possible” in terms of who you play with: “there are options to let the game decide who to play with… or you can hand pick every player in the game”.
    • The game analyses your playing style as you play and surfaces missions that appeal more to your style.
    • There’s a crew ranking system and a personal rank
    • The fourth GTA Online player is fresh off a plane in Los Santos, character creation involves choosing your mum, dad and grandparents and you’re given a character. Then players then choose a lifestyle, make choices about the things the character does (partying, couch potato, criminal, athletics nut).
    • Starting skills are based on the chosen lifestyles, but can be upgraded, as can the look of the character
    • Players riding shotgun in cars can also control radio station, set waypoints, use a cinematic camera, or attack others
    • Holding the select button (on a PS3) pulls up a menu where outfits and gestures can be changed
    • Phone camera’s can be used to take a selfie
    • During a liquor store robbery the player can shout at the cashier to hurry up through a mic and the character will respond
    • Escaping cops involves keeping yourself out of the police’s vision cone
    • After each GTA Online mission cash rewards and Reputation Points are awarded. The crew leader decides who keeps the loot.
    • A leader can choose to hog the spoils but, obviously, other players might not take that very well
    • Invites are received through the character’s phone and accepting seamlessly transports the player to the activity
    • Players can customise the way a vehicle handles at shops found around the city
    • In missions involving bigger teams a lobby window opens up. From this the roles such as sniper, look-out and transporter can be assigned. The crew leader can tweak settings such as time of day, weather, difficulty and how many lives they have to complete the mission.
    • Everyone is given priorities suited to their role when missions begin
    • When you have enough cash to purchase a “high end residency” you gain the ability to set up heists like the ones in the solo campaign.
    • These missions involve multiple phases, including a set-up phase. In the mission shown prep involved buying guns from Ammu-Nation and procuring a helicopter. The tasks can be split between players.
    • Passive mode can be activated if you want to enjoy Online without being troubled by other players, this is automatically deactivated when you fire your gun however.
    • Players can kill you and take your cash, so you are encouraged to put money in the bank and use ATMs.
    • Purchases can still be made using the money even if it’s in the bank
    • If you are robbed, you can put a bounty on a players head for revenge
    • Each house you pruchase has space for storing cars. Modest appartments have space for two, but high-end homes can store ten.
    • Garage areas can be treated like showrooms. You can walk around and admire your cars and hire a mechanic to keep them in good condition. You can also insure them to avoid big payouts should you damage them badly.
    • You can invite friends to your home and drink, call strippers, watch Rockstar’s custom created TV shows (or your friends in high-speed chases).
    • Missions are controlled through Rockstar’s Social Club, which means the developer tweak them regularly.

The game is out September 17, a day that will also see a rather steep rise in people taking sick leave all of a sudden.

Last Updated: September 12, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

107 Comments

  1. Dem’s a lot of features…

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  2. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 12, 2013 at 08:47

    “During a liquor store robbery the player can shout at the cashier to hurry up through a mic and the character will respond”
    lol……Oh man ol Jack is gonna have a field day with this game

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 12, 2013 at 08:51

      XD

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 12, 2013 at 08:52

      You have an Xbox right?

      Reply

      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 12, 2013 at 08:53

        Yebo yes, why?

        Reply

        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 12, 2013 at 08:59

          MP man! #foreverSP?

          Reply

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            September 12, 2013 at 09:08

            Lol #ForeverSP all by myself

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 12, 2013 at 09:14

        We going team up Rince?

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 12, 2013 at 09:20

        Rince you there?

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 12, 2013 at 09:24

          Relax dude, its only been 6mins…

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 12, 2013 at 09:31

            Are you getting the game?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 09:56

            Which game?

        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 12, 2013 at 09:54

          In my omnipotent state, always.

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      • Scruff304

        September 12, 2013 at 10:40

        I usually don’t get on the hype train for most games… But this is looking seriously awesome… Now just to get my hands on a PS3 or xBox :-/

        Oh, and btw, after a 1 month sabbatical, I’m back 😀 Not that anybody noticed I was gone :-þ

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 12, 2013 at 10:44

          Welcome back.

          WB?

          Reply

          • Scruff304

            September 12, 2013 at 11:08

            Took a little trip around Europe and England… It was awesome!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 11:18

            Lekker, bliksem.

            Had fun?

          • Scruff304

            September 12, 2013 at 11:31

            Loads… MY credit card not so much tho…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 11:37

            Anything worth mentioning?

            Walletjies straat?

          • Scruff304

            September 12, 2013 at 11:49

            Yup, made a stop there while in Amsterdam. It is rather… Interesting, for lack of a better word… Even made a stop at the grasshopper! Berlin and Munich are awesome, Praque is very pretty, Paris is awesome… Tbh, all the cities we went to were awesome… Awesome, awesome, awesome…

        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 12, 2013 at 10:48

          I did actually, asked where you were a week after you vanished, I think the Admiral did too, we just assumed that Foxhound had found you and you were both sitting in his basement playing CoD…

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          • Scruff304

            September 12, 2013 at 11:09

            CoD? It like you don’t know me at all! 0_o

            But thanks for the concern :-þ

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 11:14

            Haha! You’ve been away for a while, you deserve to be trolled 😉 Welcome back! And just before GTAV!

          • Scruff304

            September 12, 2013 at 11:32

            Fair enough 🙂 GTA V looking good tho. I might be forced to borrow a friend PS3 for a while once the game comes out…

    • Sageville

      September 12, 2013 at 09:35

      Extreme win!

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  3. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 12, 2013 at 08:52

    My gods, it sounds perfect. I feel a serious case of ‘beer stacked next to me, game on, work off’ coming on. I mean, cold, that’s right… Cold 0-O

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    • ToshZA

      September 12, 2013 at 09:06

      You know, I’m starting to get excited for this game. Beer and criminal activities are a good match, and all from the warmth of my couch. Yes, please!

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      • Sageville

        September 12, 2013 at 09:36

        I get to smoke weed, in-game as well!

        This game has something for everyone.

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 12, 2013 at 09:03

    Why did I read this?

    “Oh look, this is what you can’t have.” 🙁

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 12, 2013 at 09:10

      You can buy an xbox 360 cheap now, then you can play too.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 12, 2013 at 09:14

        O_O That’s TROLLING right there!!!!!!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          September 12, 2013 at 09:15

          I’m not, I am trying to offer advice. Why do you think I am trolling? Helping a friend is called helping.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 09:16

            I was joking 😉

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 09:16

            You missed a comma and a question mark…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 12, 2013 at 09:19

            I was under stress, I was scared of failing.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 12, 2013 at 09:16

        lol I know, I just don’t want a console. I prefer having one platform for everything, so PC it is for me. If I miss out on a few awesome games, that’s the price I have to pay.

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        • ToshZA

          September 12, 2013 at 09:42

          I have a pc and an Xbox. For the price of a mainstream graphics card, I have an entire gaming system. Worth it.

          Also, games.

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          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 09:45

            That’s overkill. How much does the membership cost you again?

          • ToshZA

            September 12, 2013 at 09:51

            Exactly nothing. Xbox is for couch co-op with friends or my son. Also 40″. And no steam DRM. Thanks, i’ll take one. Oh wait.

            PC is for online stuff, games, DRM, work and music.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 09:52

            …not sure why you post 40” ?

          • ToshZA

            September 12, 2013 at 09:54

            Because a 40″ tv is way nicer than a 21.5″ pc screen. And I can’t set up the tv as a monitor because of space restrictions at my place. So it does make a difference.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 09:59

            Still, you CAN use 40” for PC, so argument invalid.

            It boils down to personal preference. I also feel console games are overpriced for one, and yes, while you can trade in and such, I’m a collector (not in the Mass Effect sense mind you).

            In any case, I’ll take my Steam DRM thank you, since my library is full of games bought on specials

          • ToshZA

            September 12, 2013 at 10:01

            BT games has some really great specials on console games, and no I CAN’T use my 40″ – unless I increase my rent outlay to get a bigger place which I can’t do. So argument remains valid.

            Also, hardware on pc is way more expensive – over a 5 year period, including the price of games, you’d spend a lot more on a pc than a console.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 10:05

            This again. Dude, where do you get your facts that its more expensive?

            Look this is pointless, you are trying to argue, and I’m not in the mood.

            You like your console, and that’s fine. I’m glad you do, I’m glad you are a gamer, I’m glad you are passionate about games and your console, I really am.

            Point being, personal preference. But you don’t HAVE to upgrade your PC at regular intervals TBH.

            If I take the last 5 years, on what I’ve spent on games+pc components, it comes out far less than XBOX+membership+games

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:21

            Yeah but you’re still wrong. *runs

          • Sageville

            September 12, 2013 at 10:00

            I believe membership fees are still 1 x Soul, obviously gingers need not apply.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 10:02

            OH SNAP!

            Where is Rince….how did HE get membership then?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:02

            What do you mean membership? Where do you think the souls end up? 0-O

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 10:04

            Fuel for STEAM?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:05

            I need a soul a day to survive…

          • ToshZA

            September 12, 2013 at 10:02

            I’m a ginger. :3

          • Sageville

            September 12, 2013 at 10:04

            I will inform the authorities!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 10:02

            I think you may just have stumbled onto something here. What if console gaming is a secret plot by the ginger illuminati to steal souls from human beings so that one day, they too can be a real boy!

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:03

            I know not what you say! Be gone!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 10:03

            DON’T OPPRESS ME. I will not be silenced, the world must be warned.

          • Sageville

            September 12, 2013 at 10:03

            I never thought of it that way, you may be onto something….

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:05

            Don’t listen to his lies. Just sign here…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 09:55

            Most major releases come to PC eventually, and there’s never been a console game that says to me I have to play it & I need a console. So while there’s console games I’d like to play, it doesn’t really bother me that I don’t.

          • ToshZA

            September 12, 2013 at 09:59

            Well that’s fair enough. Each system has its own experience. I like both, for their different experiences.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 10:01

            Agree, but don’t tell anyone I said that.

            PC is da bes! 😉

        • Sageville

          September 12, 2013 at 09:59

          Awwww, “There, There”…

          Someone post that picture of Edward Norton getting a Moob-hug STAT!

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 10:02

            What you said 😉

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 12, 2013 at 10:04

            lol – not to worry, I have it because I’ve used it before… to comfort me through dark times such as these. :/

    • Sageville

      September 12, 2013 at 09:39

      Behold all the wonderous awesomeness!

      Now get back in your Master Race pit!

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 12, 2013 at 09:40

        *throne

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 12, 2013 at 09:48

        lol

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 12, 2013 at 09:44

      Why man? I heard you are part of the master race or something? *runs

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  5. CypherGate

    September 12, 2013 at 09:43

    This game just gets more and more crazier with features lol DEFINITELY worth the price

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  6. Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

    September 12, 2013 at 09:44

    i dont belief this this game is too hypered that 500 missions are fetch missions like in world of warcraft kill 10 gangstars for their ears.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 12, 2013 at 09:46

      HA, new avatar, so much lulz.

      Not sure about your rank though

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 12, 2013 at 09:46

        Agreed. Lulz avatar, Major, nope…

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 12, 2013 at 09:46

          Minor?

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 09:47

            Agree.

          • Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

            September 12, 2013 at 09:47

            i dont understand why i d be a mjinor.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 09:48

            Check that spelling, that’s a MINOR mistake, a mistake nonetheless

          • Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

            September 12, 2013 at 09:48

            thats what i sad

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 12, 2013 at 09:51

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            September 12, 2013 at 10:37

            I feel I also need a new rank, or is N7 appropriate?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 12, 2013 at 10:44

            Whatchootalkinbout?

            N7 rank is legendary!

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            September 12, 2013 at 11:56

            Ya, what was I thinking

      • Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

        September 12, 2013 at 09:47

        majro lary nelson is amajor so im a major too.

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  7. Sageville

    September 12, 2013 at 10:12

    “Players riding shotgun in cars can also control radio station, set waypoints, use a cinematic camera, or attack others”

    WTF! NO-ONE TOUCHES MA RADIO!

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    • oVg

      September 12, 2013 at 10:16

      Only if you are Franklin.

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  8. oVg

    September 12, 2013 at 10:16

    Rince This! Ill meet you at the strip club at 5. Then we can go and mug some noob before a game of Tennis.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 12, 2013 at 10:18

      XDXD

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      • ZackFirst

        September 12, 2013 at 10:19

        Hay guys what about Lazlo will he return ? 🙁

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        • oVg

          September 12, 2013 at 10:28

          Mmmm I am not sure but I do know that they have made a POP station for the first time to give us the LA vibe.

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 12, 2013 at 10:20

      There like a Carebear

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      • ZackFirst

        September 12, 2013 at 10:21

        Lazlo ?:(

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      • ZackFirst

        September 12, 2013 at 10:21

        gta v ? 🙁

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      • oVg

        September 12, 2013 at 10:26

        Bring your own car because I don’t want to listen to ABBA.

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  9. Rock789

    September 12, 2013 at 10:36

    Yes, this sounds awesome! 🙂
    And I am now speaking to you from inside the internet… Well, actually, it’s just from home… Finally got ADSL installed today. Woohoo! No more silly work internet restrictions for me! 🙂

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    • ZackFirst

      September 12, 2013 at 10:37

      South Africa ?

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 12, 2013 at 10:44

        ??

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      • Rock789

        September 12, 2013 at 10:44

        Correcto.

        Reply

  10. oVg

    September 12, 2013 at 10:57

    I found the first leak for GTAV. NSFW

    http://i.minus.com/ibcNztcxL46glC.gif

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  11. oVg

    September 12, 2013 at 11:02

    GTAV gets the ESRB treatment.

    Reply

  12. coco

    September 14, 2013 at 08:18

    http://videobam.com/XpLjU gta v gameplay ^_^

    Reply

  13. GTAReece

    September 14, 2013 at 13:37

    does anyone know how many people will be needed in a crew to complete missions. me and my mate want to set up a smallish crew so that its not too much hassle but i was told we might need at least 16 people in a crew.

    Reply

  14. crystalsmith

    September 14, 2013 at 16:55

    glad u can play with friends only on this game

    Reply

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